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By: Jennifer T.
Fred The Fixer Inc
After my 5 year old locked the doors of our van, resulting in me not being able to open the door and get our 8 month old daughter out, I had my husband call our Road Side Assistance (my card was locked in the car, with the baby AND my spare keys, from my work bag). He then called me, from work, to say there was no chance to get them to do anything for 2-3 hours, due to weather around the country. I tried to call Fred first thing, but the "call now" button wouldn't just call, in my panic, I scrounged for others to call. I called another company, who told me to try someone else, there were a few calls ahead of me, if not, I could call him back, but it would be a few hours.I went back to find the number for Fred and manually dial. The phone was answered quickly and I blurted out our situation. I told him we were two miles out of town. He asked for the address, confirmed the address, got my phone number and said he was on his way. No fuss, no nothing! When he arrived, maybe 10 minutes later, he jumped out of his van, ran to the door opposite the one we were trying to break into and went to work! Once my daughter was out, I told him the calling process we went through and thanked him profusely. He then turned to me and said, "I had calls ahead of you, too. I was on my way to one of them and called to tell them I was going to you first! This takes precedent!"Of course everyone was fine and in no real danger for the time being, I cannot express how thankful I am, that he came straight to help us out! You are now on speed dial!!!
By: loismalone
Fred The Fixer Inc
Fred The Fixer is the ONLY place to get keys made! I had four keys made over the weekend at a "we make keys too" business and only 1 of the keys worked partially; it would unlock but not lock. I took the keys in to Fred The Fixer the following Monday and unfortunately they weren't able to salvage the ones I just had made, but the keys that they remade for me work so good. They are perfect! Take your keys to the business that specializes in just keys instead of the business' that offer them as an afterthought, you wont be sorry.
By: Aaron W.
Mr Speedy Locksmith
Very prompt and professional response! Locked keys in our SUV on a Sunday morning and Mr Speedy was here within 20 minutes of our phone call!
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By: Melissa M.
Jim's Lock Services
Definitely the best in the Sioux Falls area! Highly recommended, with great customer service.
Tips & Advices
Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management. From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
  • If possible, research local locksmiths online and take note of any that have poor reviews or complaints.
  • When calling a locksmith, confirm their address matches what you found online or in a directory. Then ask for a cost estimate for the service you need, and ask to have them bring a written copy of this estimate.
  • Some states require locksmiths to be licensed. If your state is one of them, require the locksmith to bring proof of registration when they arrive.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
  • First, determine the type of lock you have, as well as the manufacturer or model if possible. You should also obtain measurements of your door and frame.
  • Remove exterior and interior knobs by unscrewing any visible screws you find. Many knobs will include a decorative cover on the interior side that can be removed.
  • Once you've removed the entire lock, find the screws on the inside of the door frame to remove the latch or deadbolt.
  • With everything removed, repeat these steps in reverse order to install the new lock.

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